According to Dale Guyer, M.D., a holistic physician, “I generally feel that “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” is not particularly diagnostically helpful since it just tends to imply that a person is fatigued for a period of several months, and it erodes their ability to live their normal life. If these patients have sleep disturbance and pain in addition to severe fatigue, they often get lumped into the fibromyalgia camp. As a diagnostic label it carries meaning, but in terms of describing what is really going on physiologically, it is not of much help.
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In my experience, these people who acquired these diagnoses have a complex interplay of many different elements relating to nutritional dysfunction, environmental sensitivities, toxin accumulation, chronic infections, normal human aging issues, excess stress, depleted hormone levels, and of course, the basic genetic structure with which they came into the world which may have areas of weakness that have made them vulnerable, given the right set of circumstances, to the emergence of these symptomatic patterns.
(Source: ProHealth’s Healthwatch Treatment Guide 2002.)